Chocolatey is a great way to get the fundamentals into a new install of Windows. First we install it:
@"%SystemRoot%\System32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\powershell.exe" -NoProfile -InputFormat None -ExecutionPolicy Bypass -Command "iex ((New-Object System.Net.WebClient).DownloadString('https://chocolatey.org/install.ps1'))" && SET "PATH=%PATH%;%ALLUSERSPROFILE%\chocolatey\bin"
And then we get everything we want in:
choco install -y GoogleChrome Firefox jre8 adobereader flashplayerplugin flashplayeractivex adobeair adobereader-update flashplayerppapi adobeshockwaveplayer
A module called PSWindowsUpdate. Can be installed under that name using Chocolatey and also the PowerShell Gallery. A very good rundown on its use is here. PowerShell 2.0 and above.
AnyBurn seems to be possibly the new best light & powerful CD/DVD toolbox item:
It’s available in 64-bit and 32-bit versions. ImgBurn was go-to for a long time, but it hasn’t had updates since 2013.
Wonderful tool, cross-platform:
Many old friends, e.g. Hiren’s and UBCD4Win, are no longer in development, and for a while there was no clear replacement. alternativeTo is covering it now:
and two are very interesting to this writer, both with mini10:
For hard drives alone, we have another:
In the latter (its basis is 64-bit Ubuntu), open Disks, and find the hard drive test suite by clicking the round icon at the upper-right corner; it appears to have the same functionality as SeaTools, without the driver problems of the Seagate downloadables.